James Crossman of Rossland placed second in the 50-km race.

Rossland man places second in Broken Goat 50k

Rosslander James Crossman placed second in the 50-km Broken Goat race.

A Rosslander placed second in the 50-km Broken Goat race.

James Crossman ran 50 km over the Seven Summits trail on Saturday and came in a mere 36 seconds behind Andy Lefriec from Spokane, who placed first in the event. The two front runners spent the first half of the race running together, until Lefriec pulled ahead.

“[Lefriec] is a really fast guy on the descent, so the last kilometer into the finish it was a descent and I just couldn’t stay with him,” said Crossman, “but we had a great time running together.”

This was the second annual Broken Goat event, put on by Rene Unser and PACE Sports Fitness, and it was Crossman’s second year participating.

“The weather was a lot better [this year],” said Crossman. “It was pretty hot last year, but otherwise the course is in great shape.”

The event includes four different races the 50 km, 25 km, 12 km and kids’ races. This year 250 runners finished in the adult races, with the top three men and women in each race claiming some heartfelt prizes, handmade or collected by Unser and her family. Third place winners received homemade strawberry jam and cheese boards, second place winners won clay wine goblets Unser’s first attempt at creating goblets from clay and bottles of wine, and first place winners took home a growler and pint glass from Rossland Beer Company, and a stein collected by Unser’s father. Each adult participant took home a clay medal, handmade by Unser and her family, and each kid received a bag of candy at the kids’ race finish line.

Runners not only had prizes to look forward to, but also a great day among friends. They were met at the finish line by an afternoon BBQ and finished off the day with a dinner put on by Red Mountain Resort, preceding the award ceremony.


Women’s 50 km

First: Kim Magnus, Vancouver, BC 5:43:28

Second: Liza Pye, Canmore, AB 5:50:24

Third: Marcy Schmidt, Canmore, AB 6:00:58

Men’s 50 km

First: Andy Lefriec, Spokane, WA 5:35:16

Second: James Crossman, Rossland, BC 5:35:52

Third: Ron Ellis, Salmon Arm, BC 5:40:22

Women’s 25 km

First: Emanuela Bandol, West Kelowna, BC 2:41:32

Second: Liz Boak, Canmore, AB 2:42:1o

Third: Adria Snowdon, Calgary, AB 2:42:36

Men’s 25 km

First: Peter Butler, Port Angeles, WA 2:05:40

Second: Rob Brennan, Canmore, AB 2:13:02

Third: Jefferey Lockyer, Canmore, AB 2:16:49

Women’s 12 km

First: Dawn Hertz, Squamish, BC 1:17:01

Second: Mikhaela Woodward, Bellingham, WA 1:21:20

Third: Rainey Woodward, Sandpoint, ID 1:25:38

Men’s 12 km

First: Sloan Woodward, Sandpoint, ID 1:19:49

Second: Travis Ward, Saskatoon, SK 1:22:39

Third: Cint Sword, Kamloops, BC 1:25:39


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